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Designing Vulcan Park

 
 
Designing Vulcan Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
1. Designing Vulcan Park Marker
Inscription.  Vulcan Park isn’t just Vulcan’s home; it’s also a public park. The original project, funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) aimed for “general beautification of the entire acreage” to create” an ideal spot for untold scenic beauty.” The plantings in the park today reflect the original WPA balance between the naturalistic and the formal.
 
Erected by Made possible by Energen/Alagasco and Southern Progress Corporation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 33° 29.486′ N, 86° 47.703′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Vulcan Road north of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South, on the right when traveling west. This marker is the first marker it is just pasted the steps going down into the lower park and admission to the park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Iron Man: Vulcan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cascade (within
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shouting distance of this marker); South View (within shouting distance of this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Building The Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Mineral Railroad Trestle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lone Pine Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); A New City (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Formal Design image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
2. Formal Design
The cascade fountain, a design element often found in Italian Renaissance gardens, created a formal approach to the tower, tall and column-like Lombardy poplars reinforced the formal axis of the cascade. Pyramid-shaped arborvitae creates a similar effect today.
A Park for the people image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
3. A Park for the people
Construction during a surge of interest in public parks, Vulcan Park was positioned both near a city streetcar line to serve local visitors and along old U.S. Highway 31 to attract vacationers on their way to Florida.
Naturalistic Features image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
4. Naturalistic Features
The margins of Vulcan Park were left naturally wooded for a “rugged rustic” effect. Native species of trees, including oak, hickory, and pine, are still found throughout the park and its perimeter. Yellow poplar, a species known for moving into deforested areas, populates the park’s northern boundary, near Lone Pine Mine No. 3.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2024. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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